In Chicago, Illinois, the Beverly Patch
- The last of four men charged with running an alleged criminal enterprise involving foreclosed homes they did not legally own was convicted [in December].
Raymond Trimble, 54, pled guilty to one count of theft, a class one felony. He was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Trimble is the fourth and final defendant convicted in a plot to illegally occupy and rent foreclosed homes in the Beverly and Morgan Park communities.
Trimble also pled guilty to one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, and one count of escape on an unrelated incident.
The other three individuals, David Farr/Fahim Ali, Torrez Moore and Arshad Thomas have also been convicted for their roles. Ali and Moore were arrested in an early-morning raid July 2015; father and son, Trimble and Thomas, were arrested in December of that year.
Thomas was handed a 45-month sentence in March after he pled guilty to one felony count of burglary.
David Farr, also known as Fahim Ali, was convicted in the fall by a jury of various felonies, including theft, financial institution fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise. Farr acted as his own attorney and the jury deliberated for less than 40 minutes.
Authorities said the four associates were tied together, but kept their unlawful business dealings separate. The four men identify themselves as Sovereign Moors, an anti-government group that rejects government and law enforcement from having any authority over them.
Farr/Ali and Moore are still awaiting sentencing.